FCC Demands Verizon Refile Paperwork with Fewer Blank Spots
The Federal Communications Commission today requested that Verizon Wireless refile documents related to its proposed purchase of 122 AWS spectrum licenses from a handful of cable companies with less redacted material. The original filings submitted by Verizon Wireless were full of holes, making it more difficult for the FCC to fully ascertain the intricacies of the deal. The FCC said, "In order for the Commission to complete its review of the applications and consider the necessary public interest findings ... we require that you provide by March 12, 2012, a revised copy of the redacted version ... that removes the redactions." Verizon hopes to acquire the licenses from Cox, Time Warner, Comcast, and Brighthouse.
FCC Bestows More 600 MHz Licenses
The FCC today granted licenses for 600 MHz spectrum to those companies that placed winning bids during the incentive auction, which concluded earlier this year. The FCC has already distributed some of the 600 MHz licenses, including some to T-Mobile.
FCC Relaxes Rules Governing 800 MHz Spectrum
The FCC this week made it easier for carriers to add LTE to their 800 MHz spectrum holdings. Rules concerning the 800 MHz band (CDMA Band Class 0, LTE Band 5) have been in place since 1981 and limit how much power carriers can use to transmit wireless signals across those airwaves.
Verizon and T-Mobile Agree to $173M Spectrum Swap
Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile have agreed to exchange AWS-1 and PCS spectrum in dozens of markets around the country in a deal valued at $173 million. The spectrum in question covers portions of Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Virginia.
FCC Keeps Auction Reserve at 30 MHz
The FCC today finalized its proposed rules for next year's 600 MHz spectrum auction and kept the reserve for smaller carriers at 30 MHz. T-Mobile and others petitioned the FCC to raise the reserve to 40 MHz, but FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler believes the 30 MHz cap offers plenty of opportunity for those who may bid.
Dish's Designated Entities Give Up 197 Spectrum Licenses
Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless LicenseCo surrendered 197 AWS-3 spectrum licenses and paid a $413 million fine to the FCC for defaulting on their $3.3 billion payment. Dish Networks participated in this year's auction through Northstar and SNR.
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Why should any of this matter? I just want my license.
I hope this retains some importance of how the FCC( especially this one of current staff) is important to keeping the industry in check. So far, they have been doing a great job in watching that the market does not succumb to overpower and misuse from the carriers.
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